Daily Devotional – 6/30/16 “Do you regret …”

I am trying to get out of my feelings before I write this devotional but when I hear the news of a co-worker’s husband being killed overnight, on a motorcycle; I get in my feelings. My husband doesn’t ride motorcycles but it could have been him. My brothers and uncles don’t ride motorcycles but it could have been one of them. So, I’m in my feelings because WE take too much for granted. I asked this question a few weeks back … Are you ok with the way you left things? Are you good with the way you left your spouse this morning? Are you still good with the division that has been going on in your family for too long? Are you ok with the way things have become? If you can’t answer that then try this one. If you were to wake up and your spouse didn’t, would you have any regrets for the things you said? If the final time you saw your son or daughter is standing over their casket, would you have any regrets? If you had to say your final goodbye to your sister/brother, would you have any regrets? We take too many things for granted until we are no longer granted them. We take walking for granted until a disease causes you to not walk anymore. We take breathing for granted until a machine has to do it. We take living for granted until we are looking a doctor in the face saying, we’ve done all we can do. We take parents for granted until they close their eyes for the last time. What are we doing?

We get mad over meaningless things and probably don’t remember the real meaning. We hold grudges so long that we forget the original reason we were mad. We walk pass folk and don’t even speak because you don’t like them. We choose friends by who other friends like. We keep children from their fathers all because he can’t afford to pay you what you think he should. You don’t go to church because you don’t like women preachers yet you can’t give a fair argument on why not. You give the pastor so much hell and then wonder why you’re experiencing hell in your home. You’ve made your home a living hell, all because you can’t get your way every time. Beloved, time isn’t waiting on you. On your best day you are sick enough to die and the only reason God has stayed the hand of death is because He’s giving you time. But how much longer do you think you have? When will we wake up? Baby, you can keep missing Sunday worship, keep smoking and drinking that stuff, keep putting your mouth in everybody’s business and keep taking life for granted if you want. You may find, on one of these good ole days that you don’t have the time you thought you had. We’ve got to stop taking things for granted. Live and love while you can because there will come a time when you can’t.

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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